Dakota Waggoner

Franklin County's Dakota Waggoner fights through a tackle while carrying the ball during a game Friday at Tullahoma High School. Waggoner scored two rushing touchdowns in the 47-14 loss.

The Franklin County Rebels lost to the rival Tullahoma High School Wildcats 47-14 on the road Friday for their second loss of the season.

The Rebels fell into a big hole early in the contest and were not able to recover as they lost to the Wildcats for the second year in a row.

Franklin County head football coach Cary "Mac" McCurry said that there were plenty of mistakes made by his team throughout the contest.

"There were way too many mistakes in all three phases of the game," McCurry said. "(We had) turnovers on offense, missed assignments and coverages on defense and we are giving our opponents easy scores in the kicking game week after week."

The Rebels started the game with the ball, but a fumble in the opening minute gave possession to the Wildcats.

The Wildcats scored on a passing play shortly after to put the Rebels behind by a score of 7-0 early.

The Rebels then fumbled away the ensuing kick to give the ball right back to Tullahoma, and the Wildcats scored again to go up by a score of 14-0 less than three minutes into the game.

The Wildcats added a touchdown in the final minute of the first quarter to bring the early deficit up to 20-0.

Dakota Waggoner got the Rebels on the board with a rushing touchdown early in the second quarter to make it 20-7.

The Rebels tried to keep the momentum going by successfully recovering an onside kick, but an interception a few minutes later would cut their drive short.

The Wildcats added another touchdown with five minutes remaining in the first half to push the lead back up to 20 points.

The next drive for the Rebels would end in an interception near the goal line as they remained behind by three scores.

They trailed 27-7 at halftime.

The Rebels were able to cut into the lead again with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter when Waggoner rushed for his second touchdown of the day to make it 27-14.

The Wildcats responded with another touchdown to make it 33-14 with six minutes remaining in the quarter. An interception shortly after would give the ball right back to the Wildcats, and they scored another touchdown on a long run to make it 40-14 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

With the game already well out of reach, the Wildcats added one more touchdown with six minutes left in the contest as the Rebels took the loss by 33 points.

The Rebels had a total of six turnovers in the contest which prevented them from maintaining any offensive momentum.

Waggoner rushed for 89 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards.

Manny Scott totaled 52 rushing yards on just four carries.

Marquice Toliver rushed for 21 yards and also had 40 receiving yards.

McCurry said that his team has struggled to establish an offensive identity since losing senior quarterback Riley Ingle to injury in the opening game of the season.

"We don't have an offensive identity so we're just grabbing and snatching trying to score points," McCurry said.

McCurry added that important decisions will need to be made by the Rebels during their upcoming bye week.

"We've got to make a decision to be more disciplined and accept responsibility," McCurry said.

With the loss, the Rebels moved to 2-2 on the season.

They will have a bye on Friday before returning to action on Sept. 27 for a home game against Grundy County High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.